Microsoft not paying developers for Marketplace for Mobile sales?

Microsoft not paying developers for Marketplace for Mobile sales?
In a world where the number of apps available for a cellphone can decide whether or not it will be a big seller, Microsoft cannot be doing Windows Mobile phones any favor by not paying some of the developers whose wares are sold at the Marketplace for Mobile. Some errors in labeling accounts seem to be where a lot of the problems reside. Some accounts are being noted as "Not eligible for revenue payout" when they have met the $200 payout level. Other accounts labled as "Eligible for revenue payout" are not getting paid because of mistakes in the system. Some accounts so labled are not set up to receive payments so money-much more than $1,000 in some cases-is lying around with no place to go when the money should be in the hands of the developers.

The system is set up to be easy. At the end of each month, the amount of money each app earns via sales is calculated. 70% of that number is computed and if that number equals or exceeds $200, an Electronic Funds Transfer is made to the developer's bank. The problem is that some developer's accounts are listed as "Not eligible" when they should be listed otherwise. On the other hand, even if the developer tells Redmond that there is a mistake, it doesn't guarantee anything because even some developers who have accounts eligible for payouts have not received a dime since the October start-up of the Marketplace. With the momentum that the iPhone and Android have had and the number of apps on both far exceeding what is available for Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft needs to get this straightened out in a hurry.

source: arstechnica via BGR



1. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

windows mobile will be dead in about 5 years, and it is all due to the devs themselves. They have no one to blame but themselves.

2. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

if YOU really think winmo is gonna be dead in 5yrs..then whats the substitute for companies that actually rely on MS Windows servers which easily function much easier on Winmo devices than any other and servers as well...BTW..win7 is out for HD2 device

3. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

This sounds more like hearsay then news...Is there an announcement from Microsoft? This just sounds like a bunch of BS. Windows phones are better than android and iphone anyway...SKYFIRE biotch!!!!

4. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I agree, 6.5 is just a filler until WM7. And microsoft will keep both platforms open as WM7 requires multi-touch, thus anyone seeking an non-touch qwerty phone will keep using 6.5.x-6.9.x variants that keep the seemelssintegration with AES servers, Sharepoint, Outlook, etc. RIM can pretend all they want they are the better business phone, but the only thing RIM has that MW doesn't is BBM, but there are countless alternatives for WM users. Until RIM starts providing their own Exchange Servers and doesn't require that you already pay for a Microsoft of IBM Lotus Domino Server they are behind.

5. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009 just lifted your kilt and peed all over RIM, lol...awesome. Couldn't have done it better myself! Right on!

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